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EMDR Works Training and Developmental Pathway

Our training for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is highly interactive with a balance between theoretical and practical work, with live and video demonstrations. In on-going consultation, coaching and development with many hundreds of EMDR Therapists successfully trained by EMDR Works, we have created effective and efficient methods for training EMDR therapists. The standard EMDR training course is divided into four parts, which includes 10 hours of supervision and consultancy.  It provides the time, support and supervision necessary to enable trainees to fully integrate this unique and innovative therapy into their existing therapeutic skills.

During training, practical work takes place in small groups (maximum 12) with the assistance of an experienced facilitator or trainer. Trainees will also practice the protocol by working on their own material (i.e. an old memory), both as a client and clinician. We are currently providing EMDR online courses via Zoom at least until the end of August.

Part 1 Training: The eight phase protocol – basic theory and practice (2 days)

  • How Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing was developed and the theoretical background
  • Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP)
  • Taking a trauma history, assessing treatment contra-indications
  • Case conceptualisation and the ‘Three layered approach’
  • Strategies for stabilising patients/clients before embarking on treatment
  • Dealing with abreactions during treatment as well as with blocked processing
  • A basic understanding of dissociation
  • Clinical practice as client and clinician
  • Between Part 1 and 2 you will be expected to practice EMDR on at least one client

Part 2 Training: A deeper understanding of the protocol - working with a wider range of clients, unblocking stuck processing, identifying specific treatment problems. (2 days)

  • The symptom based approach
  • Blocked processing and the Cognitive Interweave
  • The Touchstone Memory – finding the root memory/ earliest experience feeding current problems
  • Coping with affect-tolerance problems
  • Activating resources to aid processing and build client strengths
  • Working with children and adolescents
  • Phobias and current anxieties and using the future template
  • Role plays and video material
  • Supervision
  • Clinical practice as a client and clinician.
  • On completion you will credited with 2 hours supervision towards accreditation

Part 3 Training: More challenging and complicated problems and interventions (2 days)

  • Adaptive Information Processing in practice
  • Complex trauma and dissociation
  • Sexual and other childhood abuse
  • Chronic and blocked grief
  • Working with belief systems
  • EMDR and depression
  • The ‘Flash Forward’ and anticipatory anxiety strategy
  • Practising advanced emotional containment and ‘benign dissociation’ strategies
  • Clinical practice as a client and clinician
  • Supervision
  • On completion you will credited with a further 2 hours supervision towards accreditation (total 4 hours)

Part 4 Training: Accreditation, consultation and supervision. (1 day)

(Anyone who has previously completed all three parts of EMDR training may take Part 4 for supervision or as a refresher)

  • Applying the theory in your practice
  • Examine and analyse your clinical use of EMDR
  • Common mistakes
  • Refresh your knowledge of the clinical applications of EMDR
  • Learn through sharing your experience of using EMDR
  • Cultivate an accreditation-oriented approach to the practical application of EMDR
  • On completion you will be credited with a further 6 hours supervision towards accreditation (total 10 hours)


Parts 1, 2 & 3 Day 1:

  • 8:30am: Registration
  • 9:00am: Start
  • 5:30pm: End

Parts 1, 2 & 3 Day 2:

  • 8:30am: Registration
  • 9:00am: Start
  • 5:00pm: End

Part 4:

  • 8:30am: Registration
  • 9:00am: Start
  • 5:00pm: End


Accreditation as an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner:

On completion of all four parts of your EMDR Works training, you will be trained to a level which is recognised throughout the UK and Europe and you will receive the EMDR Europe certificate of completion.

You will have completed 10 hours of group supervision and consultancy from the 20 Hours (minimum) that you need in order to become accredited. You will then be encouraged to complete the final part of your accreditation as an EMDR UK and Ireland Association and EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. Accreditation is voluntary, but highly recommended.


Click here for further information on becoming accredited.



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